The central excise and customs department is in the final stage of implementating its `IT consolidation' scheme that will connect 584 locations in the country through wide area network and over 2,850 buildings under local area network.
Chief commissioner (central excise) Lalitha John announced this on Tuesday during the central excise day celebrations organized by the commissioners of central excise, Bangalore I, II, III, service tax and large taxpayers unit.
The IT consolidation is an upgraded version of the Indian Customs EDI Software (ICES), a workflow-based application to automate business processes in central excise and service tax (ACES).
The first pilot project of ACES, launched in December 2008, has helped the big taxpayers to file their returns electronically. Self-assessment has necessitated strengthening of the audit and qualitative scrutiny of the returns, she pointed out.
The computer aided audit programme (CAAP) is expected to help the department in auditing large taxpaying entities which are systems-driven to minimize the time and cost involved in auditing such units.
Some top taxpayers in central excise and service tax were felicitated. They included commissioner of LTU DP Nagendra Kumar, assistant director of enforcement directorate zonal office, Bangalore John Simon, senior intelligence officer (directorate of revenue intelligence, Bangalore) V Ramesh and LTU inspector M V Sridhar.